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Localist Movements in a Global EconomySustainability, Justice, and Urban Development in the United States$
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David J. Hess

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262012645

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262012645.001.0001

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Localism and the Media

Localism and the Media

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Localist Movements in a Global Economy

David J. Hess

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This chapter examines the relevance of localism to the mass media sector in the U.S. It explores the history of media-reform movements and the emergence of alternative and community media as one strategy for opposing corporate control of the media. It discusses the negative coverage of localism in the American media and evaluates claims about the grassroots and democratic potential of Internet-based media. This chapter also considers the problem of consolidation for for-profit alternative media and the potentials and pitfalls of nonprofit ownership as a strategy of survival.

Keywords:   localism, mass media, U.S., media-reform movements, alternative media, community media, Internet-based media, nonprofit ownership

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